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Dr. Martha May Eliot
(April 7, 1891 - February 14, 1978) U.S.A.

Martha May Eliot



Born in Dorchester, Boston, MA. Clinical researcher (first resident physician at Yale's department of pediatrics, she established minimum daily requirements of vitamins to save children from rickets); chief of the U.S. Children's Bureau (1951-1956); in 1948, she was the first woman elected president of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

She was awarded: the Lasker Medal in 1948; the Sedgwick Memorial Medal (the APHA's highest honour) in 1958; the John Howland Medal (the American Pediatric Society's highest honour) in 1967. Martha had a 59-year relationship with fellow pediatrician Dr. Ethel Collins Dunham . She died in Cambridge, MA.


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